These Canadians say they suffered COVID-19 symptoms for months
|globalnews.ca 28 Jun 2020 at 06:53|
Sara Handrigan’s one-year wedding anniversary was coming up.
Her husband lived in the U.S., so in mid-March, the then-29-year-old left her home in Welland, Ont. and went to meet him in Niagara Falls, New York to celebrate.
That’s where she thinks she contracted COVID-19 .
She started feeling sick a few days later. First, it was a cough. “I woke up the next morning just feeling awful. I had a fever. I had a headache. I felt muscle weakness, and then, super tired, like fatigue. It just sort of hit like a ton of bricks,” she said.
Sara Handrigan says she has been suffering from coronavirus symptoms for months.
Courtesy, Sara Handrigan
Since she was living with others in Welland, she moved to a house in Burlington to recuperate, as her illness got steadily worse, with a fever and extreme fatigue that made it hard to move.
She managed to get tested, and sure enough, she had COVID-19. “The fever went away after three or four days and never came back. But the cough, the chest tightness and the fatigue sort of persisted long term.”
But she started to feel better, she said, and eventually she got tested again.
It was still positive.
The symptoms came back too. “The shortness of breath came in really bad,” she said. “Just to the point where I was putting my trash bins, putting the garbage outside, and at the end I was winded.”
Over the next two months, up to now, she said, she has suffered waves of symptoms, including lingering fatigue, brain fog and shortness of breath.